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A grassroots effort has been launched to keep Crossgates Mall closed on Thanksgiving Day

Since opening to the Capital District 30 years ago, Crossgates Mall has established itself as a major hub for area retail business. With approximately 20 million customers walking through its doors each year, it is among the most visited malls in the country.

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Paul Tonko expresses support in BRAIN Initiative, advocates for more funding in research

With limited technology and a lack of funding, scientists are more behind on understanding the brain than they would like.

EDITORIAL: Stepping out of the 15th century

This editorial appears in the Aug. 26 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Albany, CBA, Schenectady and Troy officially begin playing in the Suburban Council

It’s a new era of Suburban Council sports. Beginning with the first varsity golf matches Monday, Aug. 24, the league is up to 16 schools.

Midway Fire Department seeks new station

Neighbors in favor of Nutwood Avenue dead end for Fuccillo dealership

Representatives for the Midway Fire Department presented a sketch of its proposed firehouse renovation, replacing its current original station of more than 50 years.

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Board decides against zoning change for 80-unit Foegtli Farms

One major concern for traffic generation on Albany Shaker Road was alleviated after the Planning Board voted unanimously against the 80-unit development across from Shaker Elementary School.

Voters will choose between six candidates for three Colonie Town Board seats in November

Six candidates are vying for three open Town Board seats come November. In addition, Town Supervisor Paula Mahan is running for reelection against Republican Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict.

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Victim of Sand Creek Road salon stabbing died from wounds

Jacquelyn M. Porreca, 32, of Colonie, died after stabbing at Recycled Salon Sunday, Aug. 23

The victim from the stabbing at Recycled Salon, Jacquelyn M. Porreca, 32, of Colonie, died from her wounds around noon Sunday, Aug. 23, at Albany Medical Center.

Reality weight loss shows are misguided and dangerous

While working with people, I try to have them focus not on short-term goals. Notice, I didn’t say to neglect having a long-term goal.

The widow-making, production-killing, Dungeons & Dragons-eske imaginary pastime of Fantasy Football is here

In 2006, the Pew Research Center out of Washington D.C. estimated that 5 percent of all adults play fantasy sports, two-thirds of whom played fantasy football. Fantasy sports may lend credit to baseball for its origins, but football reigns as the Mack Daddy of them all.

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Miles of Smiles challenge kicks off worldwide initiative to support Habitat for Humanity cause

More than a thousand people lined the streets of downtown Schenectady to show community pride and to support Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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NYS Baseball Hall of Fame will induct La Salle, Bethlehem coach Jesse Braverman this fall

Class began every summer afternoon on the ballfield at Bethlehem Central Middle School. The crunch of gravel underneath Jesse Braverman’s beat-up Ford Escort could be heard as he promptly rolled in at noon. He’d step out of the car with as many as 50 to 70 neighborhood kids already waiting for him. Instead of a syllabus, Braverman would pull out bags of helmets, bats and baseballs. It was the School of Baseball and class was now in session. In time, kids would simply call it “Jesse Ball.”

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Get To Know: Ariana Wilson

This appears in the Aug. 19 editions of Spotlight News.

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Local couple’s storybook romance involves fight to fix son’s heart

Two-and-a-half-year-old Emmett doesn’t completely understand that he needs open heart surgery, but he does know what going to the doctor’s office means.

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County approves plan to partner with Colonie on Albany Shaker Road traffic study

In the wake of a proposed retail center off of Albany Shaker Road, county and town officials are trying to alleviate traffic in the town.

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There’s no quit in the decade-old gourmet burger trend

The gourmet concept to hamburgers is no longer new, not since French chef Daniel Boulud introduced a $27 burger back in 2001. But, the business model has been followed, tweaked and survived the Great Recession of a few years ago. Now, in 2015, it continues to trend stronger than what one business magazine prognosticated four years ago.

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UPDATED Colonie police asking for information in possible assault

The Colonie police are asking anyone with more information in regards to a possible assault on a teenaged girl in the Colonie Center parking lot to contact police.

EDITORIAL: The curse of the old Stone Ends

This editorial appears in the Aug. 19 editions of Spotlight News.

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Colonie man arrested after vehicle pursuit

City of Albany police arrested Ernest Muller, 23, of Colonie, after he led officers on a vehicle pursuit Wednesday morning, Aug. 19.

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Budgeting is a powerful tool in controlling college student spending

College tuition begets angst, and for good reason. According to Sallie Mae, the average family spent nearly $25,000 on college related expenses in school year 2014–2015, which includes tuition, room and board, transportation and all other college-related expenses.

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